Thursday, August 18, 2011

Creative week

School has been back in session now since Aug. 3rd and I am finally catching up on my artwork. The summer was spent traveling and enjoying our time together so I didn't have much time to create other than to journal.

On our trip to Santa Rosa Island in Florida we combed the beach everyday. :) I left with a pretty good amount of shells. When we came home I cleaned, labeled and put aside some to use on my art pieces.

Here is my little stash from Florida. :)
(Actually this wasn't all of it the bags were full by the time we left Florida)

I had a dream of these cute little creatures that were water sprites. A water sprite is a sprite (an elfish person) known to inhabit or haunt in water-water nymphs. I painted and assembled a collage to try to convey what was in my dreams using the shells and other found objects to create them. Here is the outcome. They are not completely done yet but close to it.

My sprites

The next day I painted my piece for Total Alignment.

Total Alignment-Balance

I am also working on my table leg dolls :)

I am thankful to have the time to immerse myself in my creativity mostly when my nerves are frazzled. I am very proud of both my sons but also nervous at the same time because both of them passed their driving tests. My eldest Nick passed his actual driving test to now have his intermediate license which will last for 6 months then his actual license will be given to him. Jared my youngest passed his written permit exam and now can start driving to log his hours in so that in 6 months he can test out to get his intermediate. So the other day I couldn't sleep well and was nervous that morning when Nick drove his brother to school. Watching them drive off just sunk in the reality that our kids are growing up. I must not be the only one having a hard time with letting go because Bo chose to go to work later so that he can follow them to school the first day to make sure they made it safe. I was proud of myself I didn't cry but even this morning it was so awkward not to see them get on the bus and to have Nick wave goodbye as he got into the driver's side of the car. Time is flying by.

First day Nick drove to school on his own with Jared.

On other notes the weather finally cooled off a bit for us. We are in the cross country season for Nick and Bo is in full swing at his new job. I will also start online college classes on the 1st of September. It will be a busy year but hopefully we will have time to stop and enjoy the meaningful moments and not forger to smell the roses.


Kalei's Best Friend said...

You have more shells than I have ever collected in my life!. lol.. I love the direction your art has gone into.. Love the painting and that last sprite...btw do u plan on putting any paintings or sprites in your etsy???

Kalei's Best Friend said...

meant to ask u: Is Nick in the smaller car?

young-eclectic-encounters said...

So glad to have found your blog- what a wonderfully creative person you are- I abso absolutely adore your Water Sprites so wonderfully creative and artistic. By the way having gone through 6 kids and 21 years of having teenagers in the house; I can certainly relate to your feelings on your boys learning to drive.
Johnina :D

Abigail's Creative Journey said...

Chris about the shells, yeah we combed the beach literally every day we were there and Bo would put the goggles on and go past the sandbar and pick up shells rolling in from the waves under water. :)
And yes Nick is in the smaller car. :)

Johnina thank you so much for passing by. :) I admire you for going through 6 kids! :) I only have two and it has been an adventure raising them. They are good kids just all the moments and milestones and all that has really made realized how much I love being a Mom. :)

Susan Stevenson said...

All of your art is so upbeat and colorful. It makes me smile. :)